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Low-symmetry distortions in Extended Metal Atom Chains (EMACs): Origins and consequences for electron transport

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  • Chemistry


The extended metal atoms chains (EMACs) constitute a diverse group of molecules differing in both length and identity of the constituent metal ions. They therefore present important challenges to our understanding of metal–metal bonding and its relationship to structural, magnetic and electron transport properties. In this review we summarise our current understanding of the origins of low-symmetry distortions in these chains and their impact on current flow through the molecule. We conclude that structure, magnetochemistry and resistance are all intimately related through a shared dependence on the energies and orientations of the frontier orbitals.

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